Accidents involving pedestrians and motor vehicles can often have devastating outcomes, with the pedestrians being seriously injured or even killed in the accident. Unfortunately, the lack of protection that pedestrians have when walking near roads can often leave them with injuries that are far more severe than those that are received by the driver of the vehicle. One pedestrian accident in California recently injured six people.
The accident took place on the afternoon of July 31 just after 12:30 p.m. and involved one motor vehicle and numerous pedestrians. Initial investigations showed police that the driver, a man in his 90s, was attempting to parallel park when he accidentally hit the accelerator. This caused his car to lurch onto the sidewalk and strike several pedestrians who were around or seated outside of a cafe at lunch time.
One individual was critically injured in the accident, while five others suffered minor injuries. Five of the six victims were taken to the hospital, but their current conditions are unknown. The driver suffered minor injuries as well, and it is unknown if charges will be brought against him by California police.
Regardless of whether the driver is charged for the pedestrian accident, the injured victims may have the right to seek monetary compensation for their injuries. Compensation could be used to pay for any of the bills that are received from the hospital because of the treatment of their injuries due to the accident. This compensation, in a successfully litigated case, could assist the victims with recuperating and returning to their normal routines as quickly as possible.
Source: The Almanac, “Six injured after car crashes into downtown Palo Alto restaurant“, Elena Kadvany, Sue Dremann and Gennady Sheyner, July 31, 2014